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date: 16 July 2019

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From the beginnings of its serialized publication history in colonial Canada’s first newspapers to the most recent international success of Alice Munro’s 2013 Nobel Prize, the Canadian short story in English has held a powerful and strangely consistent position of influence in the country’s literature. This chapter quickly surveys some of the signature achievements of Canadian short fiction written in English and examines the ways that many Canadian short story writers have embraced their roles as cultural outsiders. Sometimes quietly and sometimes aggressively, these writers have claimed an aesthetic agency that seeks to transform the social spaces they inhabit, as well as the literary conventions they work within.

Keywords: literature, Canadian short story, history, short fiction in English, aesthetic agency, social space, Alice Munro

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